Resources within District 45 for Seniors

Local links:

Helpful Senior Phone Numbers:
  • AARP: 1-888-687-2277
  • Social Security: 1-800-772-1213
  • Secretary of State License & Title Information: 1-800-252-8980
  • Secretary of State Driver’s License Information: 1-800-252-2904

Renewal for Disability Parking Placards:
Renewal information for disability parking placards is mailed out 30 to 45 days prior to the expiration date of your existing placard. Please watch for this in the mail.


  • You may renew it electronically via a form online. To do so, you will need the PIN # and placard # listed on the reminder.
  • Please visit website and click on this link to complete the form online:
  • To log in, you will need to enter your PIN # and Placard #. Again, this form is only for those renewing their placards.
  • Once the form is completed and submitted online, you will receive a confirmation email from the Sec. of State. Please print out the confirmation and renewal letter to your physician's office so that he/she may complete their portion and submit it to the Sec. of State's Office for renewal.


  • The Secretary of State's Office will mail out reminders 30-45 days prior to the expiration date of your existing placard. If you did not receive a notice in the mail, you may still renew your placard through the written process.
  • Your physician's office will have placard renewal forms on hand. Contact your physician and let them know you wish to renew your disability parking placard.
  • Visit your physician's office and complete and sign your information on the paper form. The physician will then complete their portion of the form and send it in to the Sec of State's office for renewal.

Either renewal way--electronic or paper--is acceptable. The electronic method should allow for more timely processing.

New Medicare Cards for Illinois Residents

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have mailed out new Medicare cards to residents in Illinois.

In 2015, Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. This law requires the removal of Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards by April 2019 and the issuing of new Medicare cards to replace the old ones. This new initiative is to protect against fraud and identity theft. A new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the Social Security Number (SSN)-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on the new Medicare cards for Medicare transactions like billing, eligibility status and claim status.

The new Medicare card has a completely different and randomly assigned identifier that is 11 characters long, containing a mix of numbers and uppercase letters. This is the MBI. CMS is also removing the gender and signature line from the new Medicare card. The MBI is confidential like your SSN and should be protected as personal health information.

If a beneficiary is new to Medicare after April 2018, the beneficiary will receive the new MBI card. CMS has until April 2019 to mail out new cards to all 60 million national Medicaid beneficiaries. Current Medicare cards will be accepted until December 31, 2019, after which only the new MBI card will be accepted.

The new card does not impact current Medicare benefits or status. Beneficiaries are asked to destroy, not throw away, their old Medicare cards after the new one is received.

If you need to update your mailing address you can do so here: or by calling 1-800-772-1213.